22 Feb '16, 7am

Should we recognise #Singlish as an icon or discourage it?

Should we recognise #Singlish as an icon or discourage it?

Singlish, is part-and-parcel in every Singaporean's lives, but little do we know that Singlish has undergone an arduous journey to be marked as a Singaporean identity. But, before it was widely recognised both locally and internationally, t he use of Singlish has been debated and rejected countless of times. Here are the three distinct stages of Singlish that shaped the colloquial language to what it is today. 1. The controversy stage A National Day dinner speech in 1999 by then Prime Minister Goh Chok dismissed Singlish as "English corrupted by Singaporeans", for it is "broken" and "ungrammatical English sprinkled with words and phrases from local dialects and Malay", making it a language difficult to understand for foreigners outside of Singapore. Despite it being a comfortable language spoken among Singaporeans, it was deemed improper as a formal language. THE DOWN-TO-E...

Full article: https://www.youth.sg/Users/G/R/graceneo/2016/2/The-three-...

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